MADISON, WI – Today marks five days until the final votes are in the 2020 election cycle. At this point over twice as many Wisconsinites aged 18-29 have cast absentee ballots this election as compared to 2016. This surge in absentee voting among youth is being led by voters who could not, or did not vote in 2016, accounting for nearly two-thirds of absentee ballots cast among young people, per Target Smart.
“Young people have been working towards this moment for nearly four years. We’ve protested, we’ve organized, and now, we are voting,” said Christina Carvalho, the NextGen Wisconsin State Director. “This election will be defined as a moment in which young people demanded a seat at the table of their government.”
In the state where young voters are projected to have the highest impact on the results of the election, NextGen has already made over 1.5 million calls/texts this cycle to young voters in Wisconsin. Young people who have already voted are overwhelmingly left-leaning at margins even greater than 2018 when young voters played a crucial role in electing Governor Evers.